In Palestine, Everything is Relative: The settler violence you won’t hear about

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When I heard the horrific news last night that 5 Israeli settlers were murdered in their home in the settlement of Itamar, I knew it would only be a matter of hours before a shoddy piece of journalism describes the murders as the end of a “lull in the violence” or the end of “relative calm” since 4 Israeli settlers were killed in an attack near Hebron last summer. At that time, the Washington Post ran an editorial saying that the attacks then ended “three years of peace” in the region which we posted about.

So I suppose it should come as no surprise that the Washington Post’s own Janine Zacharia leads the way this morning by displaying a complete ignorance of the situation she is supposedly covering or an overt pro-Israel bias (or both). Here’s Zacharia’s story and the critical excerpt:

The Israeli daily Ha’aretz, citing a preliminary investigation, reported that the children killed were ages 11, 3 and a 3-month-old baby. The newspaper also said that another 12-year-old daughter and two of her younger brothers managed to escape.
The attack shattered a relative calm that had prevailed in the West Bank in recent months as Palestinian security forces assert greater control in the territories where they are allowed by Israel to operate and as Israeli and Palestinians forces coordinate security efforts.
Last August, four Jewish settlers were killed in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank.

Zacharia’s chronology is likely representative of the broader mainstream media’s coverage of these events, sadly. American readers or consumers of mainstream media (MSM) are delivered a simple, straightforward message: Israelis are killed about 6 months apart and in between everything was calm.

The problem is that for Zacharia and much of the MSM “relative calm” means no Israelis were attacked, injured or killed and ignores the ongoing occupation and violence against Palestinians.

In this period of “relative calm”, the Israeli Human Rights group B’Tselem recorded at least 41 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in occupied Palestinian territory. This includes Omar Qawasmeh, the 66 year old Palestinian civilian who was massacred in his bed while he slept by raiding Israeli soldiers and two 20-something Palestinian unarmed civilians shot and killed at the same checkpoint less than a week apart.

That reports can describe the killings of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers as “relative calm” and finding them completely unremarkable is disgusting in itself. Still, it’s only part of the story.

Readers may know that one of our ongoing research projects at the Palestine Center is the recording and analysis of Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians. This past fall, we made an extensive presentation of these data that shed light on a facet of occupation almost never discussed. Thepresentation covered data from Jan of 2009-Aug. 2010 and included over 1000 instances of settler violence. Since then, we’ve undertaken the coding of a much more significant period of time that would span 6 years and give us the ability to understand more about the history and trajectory of Israeli settler violence. This would be the most comprehensive analysis of settler violence that I am aware of. I was hoping to make an updated presentation covering this new data in the fall, however given the recent surge in Israeli settler violence we’ve expedited the project and will make the presentation this spring.

So what instances of settler violence were there in the period of “relative calm” that Zacharia describes? There were, in fact, over 300 instances of settler violence during this period which left over 85 unarmed Palestinians injured, 4 dead, and inestimable property damage (Including thousands of torched or uprooted olive and almond trees). Among these events were over 26 acts of Arson, 59 acts of destruction of property, 32 physical attacks, 20 shootings, 60 acts of stone throwing and 23 instances of theft. There were also 10 instances of vehicular attacks where settlers mowed down Palestinian civilians including a 5-year old and 11 year old in Hebron, an 85-year old in Salfit and this horrifying act caught on video in Jerusalem.

Attacks originated from the settlements of Adora, Ariel, Ateret, Bat Ayin, Beit El, Beitar Elit, Bracha, Dulip, Efrat, Eli, Eli Zehav, Elkana, Elon Moreh, Haggai, Halamish, Harsina, Havat Gilad, Immanuel, Itamar, Kaida, Karmei Tzur, Karmel, Karnei Shomron, Kedumim, Maale Mikhmas, Maon, Maskiyot, Neve Daniel, Rehalim, Revava, Shama, Shuvot Rachel, Shilo, Sussia, Talmon, Kfar Tappuah, Yaki, Yash Adam and Yitzhar. These attacks were directed against 79 different Palestinian villages and cities in every district in the West Bank….and this is only in the past 6 months.

If these 6 months can be described as “relative calm” one really has to wonder just what extent of violence against Palestinian civilians would be considered noteworthy by the mainstream media?

In a world where everything is relative, it seems the mainstream American press has decided that Palestinian lives are relatively worthless compared to Israeli lives. But this is also a world where the mainstream media is losing its grip on the control of storytelling and information that directly contradicts faulty journalism is available at everyone’s finger tips.

We’ll continue to do our part to bring this information, especially about settler violence, to you and we hope you’ll share it with others who’d otherwise be mislead by a relatively worthless mainstream media.

Yousef Munayyer is Executive Director of the Palestine Center. This post originally appeared on their blog Permission to Narrate.

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  1. Shmuel
    March 14, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Thank you, for an excellent and important post.

    • annie
      March 14, 2011, 5:27 pm

      i second that. great entry thank you Yousef.

      i just thought i would mention this phenomena of ignoring the violence and representing the situation as ‘relative calm’ didn’t go unnoticed here. in fact the first post here about the murdered family said as much.

      i really wish i could read a report like this in the msm. it’s so insulting, degrading and dehumanizing violence against palestinians isn’t acknowledged or recognized. i wish i could scream it from the rooftops.

      4) The AP story calls the killings in Itmar “A rare outburst of violence during a relatively calm period.” From this we learn that the definition of “a relatively calm period” is one in which scores of Palestinians are killed, hundreds are tear gassed and shot while engaging in peaceful protests against their land being stolen, and armed settlers systematically destroy orchards being cultivated by Palestinian farmers.

      5) Calmness, we must conclude, prevails only when illegal settlers are free to attack Palestinian civilians, with no risk to there own wellbeing and serenity.

      • Shmuel
        March 14, 2011, 5:38 pm

        The whole notion – at the heart of the “peace” process – that only Israelis need security and protection and that Palestinians must therefore be eternally weak and dependent on Israel, is deeply scream-worthy.

        The two premises behind this incredible distortion of reality are that Palestinians are inherently dangerous and Israelis inherently well-meaning, and that Palestinian life is cheap (even in the eyes of Palestinians!), otherwise known as the “they don’t love their children the way we do” argument.

  2. Donald
    March 14, 2011, 5:03 pm

    Something I don’t get about Mondoweiss–why aren’t there more links to English language Palestinian or Arab blogs? I had never heard of “Permission to Narrate” and from a quick check, it looks like a blog worth regular visits.

    • Citizen
      March 15, 2011, 5:15 am

      Donald, you are right. It’s an excellent blog; apparently it’s part of the Jerusalem Fund org. Anyway, here’s another good piece from there–a take off from Obama’s promise, Yes We Can: link to blog.thejerusalemfund.org

  3. Les
    March 14, 2011, 5:08 pm

    How many settlements did Israel build following Operation Cast Lead?

    • Potsherd2
      March 14, 2011, 5:18 pm

      Shouldn’t that be – how many settlements did Gazans build on Jewish land following OCL?

      Yousef is so right – “calm” in Israel means “no Jews are bothered.”

  4. seafoid
    March 14, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Zeava Ben sings What will be in Hebrew

    link to youtube.com

    It always makes me think about the settlers and how badly it will end for them . There is something about the Mizrahis being shafted in the dolour of the song.

    • annie
      March 14, 2011, 6:21 pm

      that is really moving. i just looked up the lyrics.

      • seafoid
        March 14, 2011, 6:24 pm

        There will be no Richard Witty there at the end

        I just found this :

        *What will be?
        What will be? She asked him
        An eastern wind blew
        The heat increased

        What will be?
        What will be? He then asked her
        A great land cried for her
        The heat declined

        Well what?
        Well, what will be our end here anyway?
        For life is hard like a rocky ground
        Well what?
        Well, what will be our miserable end,
        Here among the mountain’s stones,
        Between sweet and bitter?

        What will be?
        What will be, O awful god?
        Life is so sad
        Our cry is bitter

        What will be?
        What will be, god? Have mercy
        Come pray for us
        Console us

        Well what?…

        *Ma yihiye?
        Ma yihiye? Hi oto sha’ala
        Ru’ach kadim nashva la
        Hachom ala

        Ma yihiye?
        Ma yihiye? Hu ota az sha’al
        Eretz gdola bachta la
        Hachom tzalal

        Az ma?
        Az ma yihiye sofenu kan bichlal?
        Hen hachayim kashim,
        Hem ke’admat trashim
        Az ma?
        Az ma yihiye sofenu ha’umlal,
        Kan bein sil’ey hahar,
        Bein hamatok lamar?

        Ma yihiye?
        Ma yihiye, elohim hanora?
        Ko atzuvim chayenu,
        Ubochim mara.

        Ma yihiye?
        Ma yihiye, elohim? Terachem
        Bo hitpalel aleinu
        Vetenachem

        Az ma?…

    • Mooser
      March 15, 2011, 10:42 am

      “It always makes me think about the settlers and how badly it will end for them “

      Believe you me, people who become settlers will come to a bad end, and be taken advantage of, no matter what they do. Like I say: Israel has no qualms at all about making victims of the Palestinians. They have no scruples about victimising Jews, and using their own religious delusions to do it, either.
      Or maybe the Israeli Army will join with the settlers and take over Israel. Now, there’s some “Jewish self-government” for ya!

  5. Avi
    March 14, 2011, 7:05 pm

    So what instances of settler violence were there in the period of “relative calm” that Zacharia describes? There were, in fact, over 300 instances of settler violence during this period which left over 85 unarmed Palestinians injured, 4 dead, and inestimable property damage (Including thousands of torched or uprooted olive and almond trees). Among these events were over 26 acts of Arson, 59 acts of destruction of property, 32 physical attacks, 20 shootings, 60 acts of stone throwing and 23 instances of theft. There were also 10 instances of vehicular attacks where settlers mowed down Palestinian civilians including a 5-year old and 11 year old in Hebron, an 85-year old in Salfit and this horrifying act caught on video in Jerusalem.

    This is relative calm in the eyes of mainstream US media. When there is no relative calm, there’s an “operation” — launched in self-defense — in which Israel annihilates entire neighborhoods in Gaza and Beirut, killing 3000 human beings by the time a ceasefire is approved by the US and its cronies at the UN.

    The problem with describing certain western policies as Nazi-like is that the Nazi analogy has been rendered meaningless due to overuse.

    But, the truth is that when US propaganda and Israeli propaganda are compared with Nazi propaganda against Jews, there are no difference.

    According to such propaganda, the Other remains untrustworthy, dirty, scheming, hateful, backward, barbaric, thieving, and uncivilized; in short, the Other is sub-human, undeserving of compassion or life.

  6. bob
    March 14, 2011, 7:47 pm

    We need more quality posts like this that debunk these memes that rely on ignoring palestinian casualties while emphasizing israeli ones e.g. “Palestine attacks, Israeli responds.”

    Allison Wier, Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land, and others cover this. Unfortunately, this meme is the norm in US television media.

  7. thetumta
    March 14, 2011, 8:35 pm

    Consider the facts. The settlers are the Vanguard of extremist Israeli “Lebenstraum”. The Likud “Pit Bull”. Who else would knowingly put their children in harm’s way? Sacrifice their children to an ancient ideology?
    Who knows who murdered these people? No facts as yet or maybe ever, just useful accusations! What did the famous one-eyed Israeli Fascist say in his auto-biography, “the people must be motivated from time to time”. It’s necessary. He wasn’t the first or the last. Perhaps the locals acted on it? They have achieved a commitment from a reluctant government to expand their fort by 500 at a small price. No.
    With Japan, I haven’t been able to keep up with this story, but according to the Israeli press, the electronic security barrier gave numerous alerts with no action by the settlers. No physical breach of their barbed wire has been identified. The IDF was notified an hour after the discovery of the victims. Since then, the IDF has rounded up the usual suspects. Perhaps they’ll execute someone and move on. All facts I’ve seen say the assault was launched from within their wire barrier by their neighbors! A sacrifice for the greater good. Humans can be nasty. Demand a real investigation if you doubt me. Good luck!
    Hej! Tumta

    • fuster
      March 14, 2011, 11:10 pm

      —-Sacrifice their children to an ancient ideology?—–

      See Zahar, Mahmoud.
      he said that Israeli children were a legitimate target.

      • Mooser
        March 15, 2011, 10:44 am

        Amazing thing about Palestinians, isn’t it fuster? Just incredible how something some Arab once said means more than anything Zionists actually do!

      • fuster
        March 15, 2011, 3:49 pm

        no Mooser, I mean to say that the stinkin fish that tumta is trying to peddle is repulsive.

        but Mahmoud Zahar isn’t just “some Palestinian” is he?

        a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip. Since the formation of the Hamas/”Change and Reform” government in the Palestinian National Authority in March 2006, al-Zahar has served as foreign minister in the government of prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. Prior to that he was seen as a major candidate among the Hamas members elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council for prime minister, as he was at that time the most senior official within the organization.

        wikipedia bio sketch

        Zahar represents, Mooser,

  8. Kathleen
    March 14, 2011, 8:47 pm

    was interesting how much violence there was the week before this brutal murder.

    “Tension between Palestinians and Jewish settlers in the area has been extremely high in recent days.

    Today, Israeli soldiers fired live rounds at Palestinians after they clashed with Israeli settlers near Nablus.

    Ten Palestinians and a Jewish settler were wounded during the violence, according to Palestinian medical sources and a spokesman for the settlers.

    A week earlier, police clashed with settlers in the Havat Gilad outpost west of Nablus as officers moved in to remove a caravan, a tent and another half-built illegal structure there.

    That prompted settlers to firebomb a house in Huwarra village, which saw two Palestinian children taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

    They also smashed up shops and cars in the southern city of Hebron and settlers also cut down 500 olive tree saplings that had been planted on the site of a former settlement outpost.

    The settlers routinely react when police and soldiers demolish structures in settlements or wildcat settlement outposts in what are known as “price tag” attacks, which often target Palestinians.

    This violence against the local population is a direct response to what they consider “anti-settler” activity by the Israeli government.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned hardline settlers that such attacks were unacceptable.”

    link to dailytelegraph.com.au

  9. Kathleen
    March 14, 2011, 8:49 pm

    “If these 6 months can be described as “relative calm” one really has to wonder just what extent of violence against Palestinian civilians would be considered noteworthy by the mainstream media?”

    Thank you

  10. Kathleen
    March 14, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Have not read much about the illegal settlement of Itamar
    link to news.bbc.co.uk

    And U.S. taxpayers help pay for these illegal settlements. Call your Reps. Cut off Aid to Israel. Stop the settlement expansion

    • Citizen
      March 15, 2011, 5:29 am

      Kathleen, all my contacts with my Reps has resulted at most with a form letter to me thanking me for giving them my two cents and assuring me that said Reps are completely committed to the security of Israel and peace in the Middle East. They never acknowledge any specifics in my contact to them.

      • Kathleen
        March 15, 2011, 10:56 am

        Keep pounding them. Bring up the illegal settlements and how that confirms over and over again that Israel does not want peace. Bring up the Goldstone Report.

        I keep repeating that I want all aid to Israel cut off specifically any aid going to support the illegal settlements or illegal housing in any way. Now we know that they are often in some way beholden to the I lobby and aid is more than likely never going to be cut off. But we can specifically hammer on aid to the illegal settlements.
        You never know. AND THEY NEED TO KNOW WE ARE OUT HERE.

        let them know that this isssue is critical enough for you to with hold any donation and that you will not vote for them based on this issue. Contact your Reps…keep hammering

  11. Kathleen
    March 14, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Israel Approves Wave Of New Settlements

    Updated: Sunday, 13 Mar 2011, 1:41 PM MDT
    Published : Sunday, 13 Mar 2011, 1:41 PM MDT

    (NewsCore) – JERUSALEM — Israel said Sunday that it approved hundreds of new settler homes after a gruesome weekend attack in which five Israelis, three of them children, were murdered in their beds in the West Bank.

    The ministerial committee for settlements, which met late Saturday, approved the construction of several hundred units in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim, Ariel and Kiryat Sefer, a statement from the bureau of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. All four are among the biggest settlement blocs in the West Bank.

    But Israeli interior minister Eli Yishai said the plans for the new homes did not go far enough, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    “I would not stop with 400 units — we need at least 1,000 new housing units for each person murdered. After this terrible and shocking murder, nothing will comfort the families,” Yishai said.

    Police and military units also went on alert as funeral preparations began, with police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld telling AFP that “we have raised our level of alert in order to be ready for any disturbances on Sunday — the day in which the victims will be buried in Jerusalem.”

    An Israeli Army spokesman added that troops deployed throughout the West Bank were also ordered “to be vigilant” for any attempted attacks in revenge for the grisly killings, pictures of which were widely circulated by the settler leadership.

    The Palestinian Authority “strongly condemned” the approval of the new West Bank settler homes.

    The decision to green-light the homes was taken just 24 hours after five members of the Fogel family, who lived in Itamar settlement near the northern city of Nablus, were stabbed to death in their beds in a frenzied attack late Friday. The victims included three-month-old Hadas, four-year-old Elad, 11-year-old Yoav and their parents Udi and Ruthie, who were both in their 30s.

    Two of the couple’s three other young children were not harmed in the attack, which was discovered late Friday by their 12-year-old daughter, Tamar, after she returned from a youth activity, settler sources said.

    The bloodshed sparked an angry response from the Israeli leadership and a wave of international condemnation, including from Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

    It was not immediately clear how many people were involved in the attack, with Israeli officials saying they believe that a number of Palestinians were behind it.

  12. Walid
    March 15, 2011, 1:38 am

    Yousef’s one word says it all most eloquently: disgusting. Mostly everything about Israel is disgusting.

  13. piotr
    March 15, 2011, 2:58 am

    I noticed something rather strange.

    * Published 01:31 14.03.11
    * Latest update 01:31 14.03.11

    Settlers release bloody images taken moments after Itamar attack
    Yesha Council blurred victims’ faces and got relatives’ permission before releasing photographs; Zaka rescue service head condemned decision to release the graphic images.
    By Nir Hasson

    Personally I do not know why it was wrong to release the images, but what is strange is the next article in Ha’aretz.

    * Published 02:55 15.03.11
    * Latest update 02:55 15.03.11

    Why did Israel release bloody images of the family slain in Itamar?
    The photos released by the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs show the stabbed and bleeding bodies of the members of the Fogel family, with only the faces blurred; Minister Yuli Edelstein is responsible for their release.
    By Nir Hasson

    The second article describes grave deliberations in the Ministry of Truth (sorry for abbreviating MoPDaDA) with vinegnettes from the past when bodies were being arranged on the personal instructions of Ariel Sharon himself. And interview with Mr. Truth himself (Yuli Edelstein):

    Every time the topic of public relations and information in Israel and abroad is raised, I’m always asked – why don’t we publish the photos? I say with a bit of cynicism that I can already answer this question in several languages. I always explained that there was the matter of the family and a desire not to cause further suffering – and also that we are not like them, we are not like the Palestinians.

    So are we like the Palestinians now?

    No, there is a huge difference. They have no problem issuing such photos a few minutes after the incident, without asking the family and without blurring anything out. It is also needless to say that, in some cases, fabricated images are released too.

    Israel always criticizes the Arab press for airing photos of damage from IDF attacks in an endless loop, which leads to incitement and hatred. What is the difference here?

    There is a big difference. I remember photos of a girl being brought into a hospital in Gaza without a stretcher, of course. They held her in their arms so that everyone will see her and air the picture over and over, as a kind of background image. This is something that causes hatred, whose purpose is to incite more than to shock.

    [Back to Piotr, writing as Piotr]

    Over the years, I learn a lot of reasons why Israelis are superior to Palestinians. For example, one may superficially conclude that Israeli kill more Palestinians than vice versa and because though shall not kill, they violate the relevant Commandment more. This is false for assorted reasons:

    a. Palestinians killer show no remorse killing even infants, while Israel tends to aim at age 10 or more, or even 80 or more. As a recent execution of a sleeping Palestinian indicates, when in doubt, IDF kills an older person. No such humane considerations are evident among terrorists.

    b. Israel may kill more people, but it can kill much much more. If IDF was inclined to genocide, there would be a genuine genocide, and not hugely exaggerated results of defensive actions. While Palestinian terrorists act to the utmost of their meager capacity. [A corollary to that moral principle explains Iranian pursuit of nukes: quest for moral superiority]

    c. Just to change the subject, why Israel is not guilty of Apartheid, while having some resemblance to South African regime: because SA economy was based on extractive industries and Israel, on high tech.

    Israeli spirit of innovation is often cited in moral calculations. For example, the most frequent phrase in moral evaluation of Cast Lead was that “IDF took unprecedented steps to avoid civilian casualties”. There you have it. Novel approaches sometimes are ineffective the first time you try, but without such attempts, humanity would fail to progress. While some of the approaches sounded familiar to me (like: all males above the age of 14 can be regarded as combatants) some were genuinely new (like use of white phosphorus rather than cluster bombs).

    Anyway, the way Palestinian publish photos could not be more different that Israel’s. First, they do not have Ministry of Truth that would assure both accuracy and proper context. Second, they do not use stretcher, because they use cheap effects. While the Ministry of Truth would spare no expense… Second, Israeli publish to shock, and Palestinians, to incite.

    ACTUALLY, I am little bit at loss to absorb new arguments. Because the Minister made a contrast between the bad goal “to incite” and a good goal “to shock”. On top of that, why the interview with the story how the Ministry deliberated until Sunday if to approve the release of photos follows a story that Yesha council released them minutes after the settlers found the bodies?

    • Kathleen
      March 15, 2011, 11:03 am

      “Over the years, I learn a lot of reasons why Israelis are superior to Palestinians. For example, one may superficially conclude that Israeli kill more Palestinians than vice versa and because though shall not kill, they violate the relevant Commandment more. This is false for assorted reasons:

      a. Palestinians killer show no remorse killing even infants, while Israel tends to aim at age 10 or more, or even 80 or more. As a recent execution of a sleeping Palestinian indicates, when in doubt, IDF kills an older person. No such humane considerations are evident among terrorists”

      The facts just do not back up what you are claiming.

      go to Remember these children or If Americans knew

      Last updated January 21, 2011 TOTALS SINCE SEPT 2000:
      Israelis: 124

      TOTALS FOR 2000:
      Israelis: 0
      TOTALS SINCE SEPT 2000:
      Palestinians: 1457

      TOTALS FOR 2000:
      Palestinians: 91
      October 2000

      No Israeli Deaths

      October 2000

      1
      October 2000

      Muhammad Nabil Daoud Hamad al-Abasi, 16, of al-Bireh, killed by IDF gunfire to his head during a demonstration at Ayosh Junction.

      Sara Abdul-Azim Abdul-Haq Hasan, 18 months, of Sarah, near Salfit, killed by Israeli settler gunfire to her head while riding with her father in a car.

      Samer Samir Sudki Tabanja, 12, of Nablus, killed by IDF helicopter gunfire to his head while watching a demonstration.

      Sami Fathi Muhammad al-Taramsi, 17, of Gaza City, killed by IDF gunfire to his head during a demonstration at Netzarim Junction.

      Hussam Naim Hasan Bakhit, 17, of Balata refugee camp, killed by IDF helicopter fire to his head while watching a demonstration.

      Iyad Ahmad al-Khashishi, 16, of Nablus, died of chest wounds sustained Sept. 30 from IDF gunfire while at a demonstration on the Nablus-Ramallah road.

      2
      October 2000

      Wael Tayseer Muhammad Qatawi, 14, of Balata refugee camp, killed by IDF gunfire to his chest.

      Aseel Hassan Asleh, 17, of Araba, near Nazareth, Palestinian with Israeli citizenship and an active Seeds of Peace participant, killed by Israeli police gunfire to his neck at close range while at a demonstration near his village.

      3
      October 2000

      Hussam Mahmoud Ismael al-Hamshari, 15, of Tulkarm, died of head wounds sustained Oct. 1 from IDF gunfire during a demonstration.

      Amr Kahlil Mustafa al-Rifai, 17, of Maghazi refugee camp, Gaza, killed by IDF gunfire to his head and chest during a demonstration at Netzarim Junction.

      4
      October 2000

      Muhammad Yousef Zayd abu-Asi, 13, of Bani Suheila, Gaza, killed by IDF gunfire to his head, chest and back during a demonstration at Netzarim Junction.

  14. piotr
    March 15, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I was ironic, but also careful. All deaths you listed were above age of 10, and none was stabbed. Those are exactly the distinction that are made: the murder was p_a_r_t_i_c_u_l_a_r_l_y inhumane, while murders by IDF, police and settlers are only so-so inhumane.

    There is a streak in Israeli propaganda, and actually in the thinking of many Israelis and their supporters, that (a) they are far, far superior to Palestinian, and (b) explaining that superiority is a patriotic mission, and one of the chief jobs of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. I also suspect Nir Hasson of trying to make Edelstein look ridiculous, while Edelstein is both liar and an idiot. “They incite, we shock”. ????

    Look at Edelstein recalling the image of a Palestinian carrying a wounded girl to a hospital in Gaza, “without a stretcher, of course”. His reaction to this image is a mixture of revulsion and the feeling of superiority, and he uses it to illustrate his point — he expects his listeners and readers to share that reaction. And with good reason.

    And Edelstein also explained that the images are needed because of images that incite hatred toward IDF. Which is a lie. The images were not released by the Ministry but by the settlers organization, with explicit goal of having another wave of settlement expansion and muzzling the criticism. Apparently, coexistence of Messianic Zionism and Statist Zionism requires some additional truthiness.

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